New iPad App: Urban World

The McKinsey Global Institute just released a fascinating new iPad app, Urban World. Urban World provides users with a visually engaging way to explore urbanization for over 2,600 cities. You can read more about the project in detail right here.

The app also places urbanization in a historical context, using a view from space of the global nighttime distribution of light as a proxy for the global distribution of economic activity. Users can visualize the world’s shifting center of economic gravity during the past two millennia, to 2025. The app serves a purpose similar to a 16th-century map—a rough but helpful tool to help navigate the evolving urban world.

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The above graphic compares the entire population of Europe to the population of China.

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The graphic above shows that in 2010 the GDP of Los Angeles exceeded that of the entire country of Indonesia.

 

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  1. Elsewhere | Visualingual says:

    [...] New iPad App: Urban World: I don’t have an iPad, but I want this. [...]
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